Every Voice, Every Vote


Every Voice, Every Vote: Your Guide To WURD’s Coverage of the 2023 Philadelphia Elections

Philadelphia faces many severe issues – school safety, gun violence, economic inequality, poverty, gentrification, lagging public services, and more. The conversations about these issues and how the 2023 election will shape them are being initiated – and documented – as part of the Every Voice, Every Vote collaborative effort spearheaded by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism. Lead support of the project is provided by the William Penn Foundation with additional funding from The Lenfest Institute, Peter and Judy Leone, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Harriet and Larry Weiss, and the Wyncote Foundation, among others. 

As part of the project, WURD Radio is creating opportunities for conversations across the city of Philadelphia, both on-air, online, and at events and forums. Through these activities, WURD Radio is ensuring that Philadelphia’s Black community has access to the information they need to make an informed decision. 

Check this page for curated and original coverage of the city’s election and more from WURD and the partners in the Every Voice, Every Vote coalition. To learn more about the project and view a full list of supporters, visit www.everyvoice-everyvote.org. Editorial content is created independently of the project’s donors.


Listen to WURD audio to understand the candidates and issues before next Tuesday:

Sulaiman Rahman, CEO and founder of DiverseForce, and Reality Check host Tonya Pendleton moderated a fireside chat on Nov. 2 about inclusive economic growth. Panelists Tina Wahl of the Barra Foundation and Jodie Harris of PIDC spoke about opportunities for innovators and business owners, and how working with elected officials can serve the interests of the BIPOC business community

Amadee Braxton interviewed the City Council At-Large candidates. Listen to their thoughts and platforms to better understand this important race and where each candidate stands on the things that matter most to our city.

David Oh and Cherelle Parker sat down with Andrea Lawful-Sanders for one-on-one conversations. Listen to learn about their platforms and opinions on the issues that matter most so that you can make an informed decision this election season.

Andrea Lawful-Sanders delved deep into public education, covering crucial topics like school funding to early childhood education. This voter engagement forum offers a comprehensive update on the state of education in our city.



Primary candidate interviews on WURD

Warren Bloom

Amen Brown

Jeff Brown

James DeLeon

Allan Domb

Derek Green

Helen Gym

David Oh

Cherelle Parker

Maria Quiñones Sanchez

Rebecca Rhynhart

Every Voice, Every Vote - WURD Caller Segments

Listen to what WURD listeners really care about – and what they need to know before casting their votes:

Ultimate Job Interview

WURD Radio partnered with The Philadelphia Citizen to broadcast the “Ultimate Job Interview” series, where mayoral candidates faced a “hiring panel” of recruiting experts to see if they met the requirements for the job description drafted by Philadelphia residents. Take a listen below!

City Council

Read about the city council races from our Every Voice, Every Vote partners:

Past Events

April 13: Black Media Matters Forum

Listen to a candidate forum featuring representatives from WURD, the Philadelphia Tribune, Fun Times Magazine and the Philadelphia Sunday Sun, moderated by Andrea Lawful Sanders and held at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church.

March 30: PHL Arts Mayoral Forum

WURD Radio partnered with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance to broadcast a candidate discussion about arts and culture across the city, from policy to participation.

May 9: Philly Tech Week Forum: Inclusion, Innovation and Philadelphia’s Future

How will rapid advances in technology impact the city, its workforce and its future? WURD is examining how each candidate intends to attract business while focusing on inclusive growth.

At this forum, a panel of WURD hosts will engage the mayoral candidates in a discussion of how their plans for technological growth in Philadelphia will include Black residents, students, workers, and entrepreneurs. We want to know which candidate will make sure Black Philadelphia has access to:

  • Cutting-edge tech education
  • Funding and capital
  • High-paying jobs

In partnership with Philly Tech Week, Technical.ly Philly and the University City Science Center



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